CFRI’s New Research Structure & Strategic Planning
An update from Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, CFRI Executive Director
CFRI investigators have achieved tremendous success and made significant contributions to improving the health of children and families in British Columbia and around the world. Our aim is to be one of the top research institutes in North America dedicated to child and family research, and to support our researchers in achieving even more success. To realize this aim, we are putting in place a new research structure at CFRI that allows us to grow, and carrying out a strategic planning process that will produce a 5-year strategic plan for the research institute.
Over the next year, we will transition CFRI to four research Themes represented by Theme Leads, working with a small number of research Groups and Group Leads within each Theme. Each CFRI and CMMT investigator will become a member of a Theme.
Dr. Wendy Robinson appointed Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education
Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Robinson, CFRI Scientist, who has been appointed Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education at UBC Faculty of Medicine.
In her new role, Dr. Robinson’s responsibilities include the development of a strategic plan to ensure excellence in training and mentoring of UBC Faculty of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at all geographic sites, as well as facilitation of a supportive learning and research environment with opportunities for students, graduate advisors and supervisors across programs.
Dr. Lorne Clarke appointed Medical Director, Provincial Medical Genetics Program
Dr. Lorne Clarke, CFRI Senior Clinician Scientist, is the new Medical Director of the Provincial Medical Genetics Program at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre. On behalf of everyone at CFRI, we extend our congratulations to Dr. Clarke as he takes on this important role.
Dr. Clarke has been active in translational research for over 25 years studying the pathophysiology of rare genetic metabolic disorders called lysosomal storage diseases.
The CIHR Foundation Scheme is a key funding opportunity introduced in 2014 as part of the multi-year transition to the new Open Suite of Programs and peer review processes at CIHR.
The registration deadline for the 2015 Foundation Scheme is July 27, 2015, approximately one month later than it was last year. The stage 1 application deadline is September 15, 2015.
If you have any questions about developing your application, please contact Dr. Dawn McArthur in the CFRI Research & Technology Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the application process and obtaining signatures, please contact Nur Eisma in the CFRI Research Services Office at email@example.com.
Collaboration for health research in Northern British Columbia: Seed Grant Program
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Northern Health (NH) and University of Northern BC (UNBC) are excited to release a Request for Applications for a new Seed Grant Program. The goal of this program is to enable researchers and knowledge users at PHSA, NH and UNBC to work in partnership and initiate new research projects that focus on improving the quality of health services and improving population health in northern BC.
The total amount for this funding opportunity is $100,000, enough to fund a maximum of 10 grants. The maximum amount per grant, which will cover a six month period, is $10,000.There will be two Requests for Application intakes for this competition, with the first intake in May 2015 and the second intake in September 2015.
Each year NSERC offers six Steacie Fellowships, which provide support to a young faculty member for two years, free of teaching and administrative responsibilities.
Preliminary Nomination Deadline – April 29, 2015
The preliminary nomination should be sent by the nominator to Brenda Carrier, Faculty Awards Coordinator, VPRI Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At UBC, before submission to NSERC, a Steacie Fellowship nomination requires preparation in the academic unit and endorsement by the Office of the Vice President Research & International (VPRI). As UBC is limited to a maximum of six Steacie Fellowship nominations, this preliminary nomination process insures UBC’s best possible candidates go forth.
A maximum of two Steacie Fellowship nominations will be accepted from a single department/division/center, etc. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
For complete information about the materials required for the preliminary nomination package, please see the call for nominations. For information about eligiblity, please visit the NSERC website.
Invitation to join global pediatric therapeutic asset map
The Enpr-EMA pediatric clinical research asset map is an ongoing initiative to create a worldwide directory of clinicians and scientists committed to addressing issues related to improving drug therapy for children.
CFRI has been added to the map and individual investigators are encouraged to add themselves if they wish to do so by completing the online questionnaire.
Congratulations to Nur Eisma, recipient of the Unsung Hero Award
Congratulations to Nur Eisma, UBC/ C&W Pre & Post Awards Coordinator and member of the CFRI administration team, for winning the Unsung Hero Award from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). This award recognizes Nur for her outstanding volunteer service to CARA and the exceptional leadership she demonstrated while helping to organize CARA’s regional conference, which was hosted by UBC in the fall of 2014.
Anita Sham, Research Coordinator in the Goldowitz Lab, nominated Nur for this award. The award will be presented at CARA’s national conference in Toronto in May.
NOTICE: Upcoming voicemail upgrades on Oak Street campus
The current voicemail system on the Oak Street campus is end-of-life, difficult and expensive to maintain, and at risk for failure. This upgrade will bring the voicemail system under manufacturer warranty, decrease maintenance costs, and mitigate the risks of outages that could impact patient care.
How will I be affected? TELUS will upgrade the voicemail system during the following maintenance period:
Sunday, April 26 from 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
During the upgrade:
All voicemail boxes across the Oak Street campus will be taken off-line.
All staff attempting to access their voicemails and all unanswered inbound callers will hear a recording that voicemail services are unavailable, and to please call back later.
The phone system will continue to operate normally; inbound and outbound calling will be unaffected. Existing call forwarding rules will also continue to operate normally.
This upgrade affects backend functionality only. Following the upgrade, users will not see changes to their voicemail setups or saved voicemail messages.
Please contact Laurence Bayzand, Director, Inter Campus Operations, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre at 604-875-2337 or at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Opportunity for “rising researchers” to attend national symposium
The Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) is a transdisciplinary training program for the next generation of clinician-scientists in child and youth health research in Canada.
CCHCSP will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for two “rising researchers” from UBC who wish to attend the symposium.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are the most prestigious postdoctoral awards in Canada, offering $70,000 per year for two years to exceptional researchers, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth.
Applicants who wish to hold their fellowship at UBC must submit to a mandatory internal selection process that will identify the strongest applications and select a maximum of six per Tri-Council area (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) to receive the necessary institutional endorsement. Internal applicants must submit the application form and supporting documents to the postdoctoral fellows office at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST. No exceptions!
Are you looking for a summer student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow? Get the word out by posting research training opportunities on the CFRI Training website.
If interested, email Ashley Biggerstaff at email@example.com and provide the following information:
Type of training position (i.e. summer student, graduate student, etc.)
Brief description of the position
Start and end date of position (if applicable)
Contact information (email and/or phone)
How long you wish to have the posting online
UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Awards
Do you have an outstanding colleague you would like to recognize? The UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Awards provide a wonderful opportunity to honour the contributions of exceptional professors in the Faculty of Medicine.
The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
News from the Clinical & Systems Transformation project
The Waiting Game is Over
Imagine not having to wait for a patient’s chart before initiating orders or viewing and updating it. This will soon become a reality across VCH, PHSA and PHC. More…
Parachute’s Safe Kids Week is May 4 – 10, 2015.
This campaign is designed to raise awareness about the frequency and severity of preventable childhood injuries, which are the leading cause of death and disability among Canadian children.
This year, the Safe Kids Week theme is promotion and awareness of cycling and road safety in communities across the country. We are excited about this year’s approach, and our alignment with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week theme of children as vulnerable road users.
We hope you will join this cross-Canada effort. Together, we can promote this extremely important message and stop the clock on predictable and preventable injuries.
Meet the new Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, the new Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is holding a meet & greet information session at the University of British Columbia.
Tuesday, April 28 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Multipurpose Room, Room 101 in the Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, UBC
All members of the Vancouver research community are welcome to attend. Dr. Tannenbaum will briefly highlight areas of interest and opportunity in IGH’s Strategy 2017, discuss the recent changes to CIHR’s structure and funding programs, and explain the role of the Sex and Gender Champion in upcoming funding initiatives.
C&W Office of Clinical Informatics is holding regular forums for staff to bring forward issues, ask questions, or hear about the latest announcements, changes, or ongoing discussions.
The forum is hosted by Dr. Tyler Black, Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Center, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Center, and BC Substance Use & Mental Health Services.
CMIO Forum Schedule:
May 6, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Room D308, Shaughnessy Building
May 22, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Room P4-312, Mental Health Building
Pathology Day is an annual event hosted by the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine featuring guest speakers and oral and poster presentations from graduate students, residents and other trainees. At an evening reception cash prizes are awarded for the top three graduate student oral presentations, top three resident oral presentations and the top three poster presentations.
Friday, May 22, 2015 | Paetzold Education Centre, Vancouver General Hospital
Green Labs Workshop: Make your lab more sustainable
Looking to achieve big energy savings in your labs? PHSA and BC Hydro are bringing two experts in green lab practices to Vancouver for a day-long workshop.
Friday, June 12, 2015 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | John Jambor Room, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
What’s a green lab? It’s a research or teaching lab that adopts sustainable practices to improve both environmental health and safety.
This session is ideal if you’re a lab manager, energy manager or sustainability manager who wants to unlock strategies and resources for implementing a Green Labs Workshop on your campus. Find out how two U.S. universities have cut energy use and implemented other sustainability practices in their labs.
The workshop is free for participants from organizations that are part of BC Hydro’s Workplace Conservation Association (WCA). The cost for attendees from organizations that are not currently part of the WCA program is $100/person. To register, contact Heather Scholefield at Heather.Scholefield@bchydro.com.
The Scholars of Excellence Program is an exciting new CFRI initiative that will give exceptional trainees the opportunity to develop innovative research under the mentorship of researchers at CFRI and BC Children’s Hospital. Scholars will receive a generous stipend of $70,000 a year for 3-5 years.
CAPHC Presents! is a weekly webinar program that brings together trusted and credible voices to speak about a range of issues related to child and youth healthcare. For a complete schedule and registration information visit the CAPHC Website.
Report released on accessing health data in Canada
The Council of Canadian Academies has released a new report entitled “Accessing Health And Health-Related Data in Canada.” The full report can be found here.
Upcoming online courses from Population Data BC
The professional specialization certificate in population health data analysis gives health researchers the tools to accurately examine, analyse and evaluate population health data and use this information to advance positive health outcomes within societies. You may enrol in up to two courses without applying for admission to the full certificate program.
CFRI conducts discovery, translational and clinical research to benefit the health of children and their families. CFRI is supported by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and works in close partnership with the University of British Columbia, BC Children’s Hospital, and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority). For more information, visit www.cfri.ca.